NGD: Epiphone Sheraton

Discussion in 'Epiphone SG' started by Chuteboxehero, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Chuteboxehero

    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    I've been looking into picking up an ES-335 for a while. Went and played a couple 2017 ES-335 studio's that were in stock locally. Also saw this guy sitting there looking all pretty...[​IMG]

    So I grab one of the 335s and the Sheraton and sit down for a quick shootout. I initially expected the Epi to sound decent and play well enough but the 335 to look, sound and play considerably better. Turns out I was wrong on all 3 assumptions. Granted the action was a touch high on the 335, the Sheraton was perfectly set up and played like butter. This is my first experience with the Epi Probuckers and they sound incredible. Overall fit and finish was noticeably better on the Sheraton as well. With all that considered, what still amazes me is the Sheraton, with a case, was less than half the price of the ES-335. Weird how things work out sometimes. I left the house figuring I'd come home with a Gibson and instead left with this...[​IMG]
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Did you look at a used Gibson Midtown ?
     
  3. Chuteboxehero

    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    I saw one come up for sale locally about a year ago and it was in rough shape. Otherwise they don't pop up too often around here. It would definitely have been a contender if there was one near by.
     
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    Awesome story and beautiful guitar. I have been very fortunate to buy all 3 of my dream SG’s, and a few other guitars along the way. Like you, I currently have the bug for a 335, but can’t bring myself to pull out the check book for another top end guitar these days, for my average at best playing; lol.

    I have been strongly considering the epi 335’s or even the 345’s. Your inspiring me
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    Anyway the Sheraton is a nice guitar, I choosed a Casino, no regret

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    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    That is a sweet guitar.
     
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    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    Funny I'm in the same boat regarding SGs. I have 3 that are my favorite guitars hands down. As far as the Epiphone vs Gibson 335 or similar archtops, best bet is to sit down with both and feel the difference while factoring in the difference in price.
     
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    Congrats, nice Sheraton!
    I had a natural finish Sheraton circa '95, pretty nice.

    I had a 2014 MIC ES 335 Pro, with the coil split knobs.
    Nice sounding pickups certainly similar to the ones you have on your Sheraton. DSCN1462.JPG
     
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    I keep reading that the Sheraton uses real MOP and Abolone on the headstock and inlays. Can anyone confirm that?

    I am impressed if they do, half my Gibson’s don’t have real MOP inlays. Basically down the custom shops these days.

    would love it if someone had some info on rhat
     
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    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    The inlays on the Sheraton are real MOP and abalone. Looks incredible in person. Also has Grovers, Graphtech nut and some nicely done 5 ply binding all over the guitar. I'm still impressed with the amount of detail they put into this guitar, and as far as I can tell, nothing was poorly done.
     
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    The quality of Epiphone hollow bodies is unbelievable. I have a 339, and I can't find a single fault in it. I wish I could say the same for my Gibsons.
     
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    thanks for clarifying Chute, color me impressed.


     
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    congrats!

    had a sheraton back in 98...
    very well build and a good player.

    sold mine because i went for an sg..:)
     
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    Congrats on your find! Beautiful looking classic guitar! Hope you enjoy playing it
     
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    I looked to older Sheraton, beautiful guitars but expensive

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    Nice!

    I had a 335 bug a few years back and went on the hunt. I came out of a store with a new 2016 Sheraton II and never looked back.

    PS- I was tempted at first to change a few things but I haven't changed a thing.
     
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    Agree 100%. I've had this one a little over a week now and have played it almost everyday getting a feel for it and I'm still impressed. Thought it might benefit from the standard Epi upgraded like pots caps wiring etc but it really doesn't need anything. Gets a great jazz tone with the tone rolled off on the neck pickup. Gets plenty dirty on the bridge pickup. Very versatile. The neck is fantastic. Great shape and smooth as can be. Stays in tune which is always a nice feature. Overall I'm very happy with this one.
     
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    I have always argued that epi semi-hollows are the best bang for the buck guitar on the market. I have NEVER been disappointed by one, all of the ones I have owned or played were great. My only one right now is a 339 with DiMarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs in it...
     
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